The ‘Love Black Country’ network has announced that, from 1 September 2018, Debbie Chamberlain will take on a new role to network and facilitate new initiatives with children’s, youth and families workers across the region. Having been a primary school teacher for ten years, Debbie will leave her current role as Children’s Pastor at Arise Church, Kingswinford, in order to take on the new position.
New General Secretary for ‘Churches Together in England’
Revd Dr Paul Goodliff has been appointed new General Secretary of ‘Churches Together in England’ and will replace current office-holder Revd Dr David Cornick upon David’s retirement in September.
Paul grew up in an evangelical Anglican Parish in Sussex, where he came to faith. As an undergraduate at King’s College, London, he worshipped at Streatham Baptist Church and has remained a Baptist from those days. Paul trained for the Baptist ministry at Spurgeon’s College and served as associate minister at Streatham Baptist Church, before moving to Stevenage as Minister of the Bunyan Baptist Church.
After seven years as its minister, Paul was called to serve as the General Superintendent of the Baptist Union’s Central Area from 1999 to 2004, and was for ten years the Baptist Union’s Head of Ministry. He was instrumental in forming The Order for Baptist Ministry — a dispersed religious order for Baptist ministers, and the Oxford Research Network for Ministry.
Since 2000, Paul has been a member of the World Council of Churches team in the WCC-Pentecostal Joint Consultative Group, serving as its longest-standing WCC member. He was a delegate at the Busan Assembly of the WCC in 2013 and the recent WCC Commission for World Mission and Evangelism Conference in Arusha, Tanzania.
New chaplaincy development worker
On 1 January 2018, Phil Metcalf became part-time chaplaincy development worker for the West Midlands. Phil’s brief is to develop chaplaincy in Further Education colleges where there isn’t any, and to support the development of existing chaplaincy teams. The post is being funded collaboratively by the Anglican Dioceses of Coventry and Lichfield, the Heart of England Baptist Association, the West Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church and St Peter’s Saltley Trust. Phil can be contacted at this e-mailaddress.